Discover the Top Health & Nutrition News from June 2019
The Wellness Report breaks down the top fitness and nutrition news of the month! Read on for a full breakdown of the most newsworthy studies and stories from June 2019! Also, read “our take” after each section for an expert breakdown of each topic.
Impact of High Volume Energy Drink Consumption on Heart Health
A recent study found that energy drinks significantly impacted participants’ QTc intervals (a measurement used to assess the electrical properties of the heart) and blood pressure levels. The intervention group consumed 32oz of a caffeinated energy drink within a 60-minute time frame. When compared with the placebo group, a caffeinated energy drink significantly prolonged the QTc interval and raised blood pressure. According to the Food and Drug Administration, QTc prolongation is a risk factor for arrhythmias.
Stick to a diet comprised of real, whole foods. If you need energy, reach for a fresh cold-pressed juice, a healthy snack or even a cup of coffee. Also, you can take steps to prevent fatigue before it strikes by getting adequate sleep, nutrients and hydration!
All Athletes Have Same Endurance Limit
Researchers found that no matter the activity or intensity, every individual hit the same maximum metabolic limit. They discovered that people could only burn 2.5 times their resting metabolic rate regardless of the type of activity, duration of activity or intensity of the activity. Researchers also discovered that the athletes’ energy outputs started high but eventually plateaued at 2.5 times their resting metabolic rate. Also, they found that there was a metabolic adaptation suggesting that the metabolism will downshift in order to remain at a sustainable level.
Our bodies are smart, and they want to protect us, which is why our metabolism adapts to support our daily lives and activity levels. Like the study found, your metabolism will shift down in order to remain at a sustainable level. As such, it’s essential to provide your body with enough calories to support your personal activity levels!
Study on Twins Supports Personalized Diets
Now there is even more evidence that the one-size-fits-all diet approach may not be all it claims to be. A recent study found that identical twins responded differently to the same foods. Foods that may have spiked one twin’s blood sugar didn’t show the same response in the other. Individuals even had different responses to the same foods when they ate them at different times. This study shows that there are many complex reasons food affects us, and researchers suggest our individual microbiomes could be responsible.
Like the article mentioned, there are still some agreed upon guidelines and recommendations, such as cutting back on ultra-processed foods and including plenty of produce. However, any diet plan that advertises a one-size-fits-all approach should be followed with caution. There is more individualization that needs to go into your personal eating patterns. First and foremost, listen to your body.
Millions of Cardiovascular Deaths Attributed to Not Eating Enough Fruits & Vegetables
A new study found that inadequate fruit and vegetable intake could be accounting for millions of heart disease and stroke deaths each year. The study found that countries with the lowest fruit and vegetable consumption saw the most significant impact. Low fruit intake correlated with 1.8 million cardiovascular deaths and low vegetable intake correlated with 1 million deaths.
Fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber, potassium and many other nutrients. So, there’s a reason that health professionals emphasize increasing your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. They help support a healthy microbiome and have been shown to lower the risk of many health conditions. Aim to get in at least five servings of vegetables and fruits each day.
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